Nuclear Renaissance: A Flawed Proposition

Nuclear Renaissance: A Flawed Proposition

The seriousness of the world’s energy and climate problems demands equally serious solutions. Advocates have done an amazing job of painting nuclear power as a carbon-free source of electricity that can provide energy securely and cheaply around the world. When the full nuclear fuel cycle is considered, along with a broader range of costs and benefi ts, a different picture emerges. Far from being climate-neutral or cheap-and when nuclear reactors are considered along with uranium mines and mills, enrichment facilities, spent-fuel repositories, and decommissioning sites-nuclear power proves to be one of the costliest sources of energy, all while emitting prodigious amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs). New nuclear power plants are capital-intensive, environmentally destructive, potentially unsafe, dependent on uranium as a fuel source, and wasteful. [Lire plus]